Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022 events, volunteer opportunities

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VolunteerNewYork! has a list of events taking place Jan. 17, 18 and 20 to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Go to volunteernewyork.org/mlk to see what's happening.

Know of an event not listed here? Email reporter Heather Clark, hclark@lohud.com, with any information.

Family Art Project: Freedom Quilters of Gee Band, Jan. 15 & 16

The Gee's Bend Community in Alabama was visited by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966, and the Freedom Quilting Bee was established. The Freedom Quilters, who create quilts from scraps of fabric, help to find aspects of the freedom of community. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday the Wave Hill Houses' Kerlin Learning Center will host the Family Art Project: Freedom Quilters of Gee Band. Only nine families each day will be permitted to participate at a time. The event is first come, first served. All participants and visitors must wear a mask inside the center. For more information, go to wavehill.org/calendar/family-art-project-freedom-quilters-of-gees-bend, email information@wavehill.org, or call 718-549-3200, ext. 251.

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Martin Luther King Jr's messages on equality, unity and perseverance will be celebrated in the Beaver Valley.
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An Online Panel & Discussion on Reparations, Jan. 16

Join the Creative Response to Conflict for an online discussion on reparations. To commemorate the Creative Response to Conflict's 50th anniversary as well as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the panel's members, Latriece Clark, Shirly Fabre, and Cris Houston, will discuss reparations via Zoom at 2 p.m. To register for the event, visit bit.ly/3GQJ800.

'On Meditation: Creating Bonds of Tranquility in a World That Often Thrives on Calamity,' Jan. 16

Mediation specialist Tajaé Gaynor and Desmond-Fish Public Library trustee Erik Brown will discuss "On Mediation: Creating Bonds of Tranquility in a World That Often Thrives on Calamity" taking a look at how "mediation can transform conflict into peaceful resolutions and create a path through civil rights disputes," according to a release. The discussion begins at 4 p.m. online through Crowdcast. Register for the discussion at crowdcast.io/e/xio6quia/register.

Yorktown Youth Keeping the Dream, Jan. 17

Designed by Yorktown youth, there will be art and writing as well as dancing and music performances. The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights. Initiatives from the youth that will also be at the event include Inspire Kindness t-shirt showcase, the Thoughtful Bystander bracelet campaign, and a Thoughtful book nook. KeepingTheDream@AllianceforSafeKids.org.

36th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 17

The Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM, will host free events for members of the community in person and virtually. Geared toward every age group, BAM's events include a screening of "Attica," a visual art exhibition, and musical performances by Nona Hedryx with Craig Harris & Tailgaters Tales as well as Sing Harlem, dance performances, a keynote addres by Dr. Imani Perry and speeches by leaders in the community. BAMkids will also have workshops available virtually for kids. Those who plan to attend in-person must provide a proof of vaccination as well as valid ID. For more information, visit bam.org/mlk.

21st Annual MLK Legacy Youth Awards, Jan. 17

Beginning at noon, the African American Men of Westchester, Inc. will recognize young people who represent the spirit of Dr. King. The event will be held virtually on YouTube. For more information, go to aamw.org or email info@aamw.com.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual 39th Interfaith Commemorative Service, Jan. 17

Join the Nyack NAACP virtually to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Zoom, the event will be hosted by Pastor Gregory Merriweather of Calvary Baptist Church with a message from Douglas Lewis, the first elder of Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church. The event will also feature musical performances. For more information, call 845-358-1497 or visit facebook.com/nyackbranchnaacp.

Songs of Harmony, Strife and Spirit: An MLK Family Concert with Goldee Greene and Tom McCoy, Jan. 17

Beginning at 7 p.m., stage performer and award-winning recording artist Goldee Green and pianist, composer, and arranger Tom McCoy will hold a virtual musical performance featuring songs by Stevie Wonder, Bessie Smith, Eubie Blake, and George Frederick Handel as well as ancient African-American spiritual music, old favorites and new songs. To register for the event, visit crowdcast.io/e/j0jqsgqp/register.

Heather Clark covers business openings and closings throughout Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. Keep up on the latest comings and goings by joining our Facebook group at What's going there Westchester, Rockland, Putnam. Contact Clark via email, hclark@lohud.com.

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